Henrik Lundqvist just laughed when asked whether he expected to continue his NHL-record streak of seven straight 30-win seasons to start his career.

"That might be tough," said Lundqvist, who won 30 in 53 games as a rookie. "Not impossible. But not likely."

Despite a 48-game season that will start Jan. 19, nothing seems impossible anymore for the NHL's reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who returned from Sweden last week and participated Tuesday with 16 teammates in an informal skate for the first time since the end of the 113-day lockout.

And, by extension, nothing seems impossible for the Rangers with Lundqvist, who had a 1.97 goals-against average last season, in net. Certainly not the team's first Stanley Cup since 1994 after the Rangers finished first in the Eastern Conference last season and reached the conference final.

That gave the Rangers "a good taste of what it could be like to go all the way."

"Maybe people will expect more of us," Lundqvist said. "We expect a good performance. But we probably need to stay humble. It's going to be important how we handle that pressure. We had a great year but we worked really hard for it. We have to realize that's why we had success."

NHL training camps are set to open Sunday, though that has not officially been announced by the league. The matrix for a 48-game season was reported Tuesday as five games against two divisional rivals, four games against the other two divisional foes and three games apiece against the other 10 conference teams.